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Third edition of Master’s in Power Electronics Devices and Technologies promoted by the University of Catania and STMicroelectronics

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The third edition of the second-level master’s program in “Power Electronics Devices and Technologies” organized by the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering (DIEEI) of the University of Catania together with STMicroelectronics has been announced. The goal of the master’s program is to train specialists in technologies based on Wide Band-Gap semiconductors, the new frontier of power electronics that ensures more efficient performance in line with the sustainable development goals defined by Agenda 2030. These technologies are for use in production processes in industries such as automotive, renewable energy, and electrical energy conversion and storage.


There is a strong market demand for highly specialized professionals trained in the field of power electronics, to meet the needs identified by macro-trends in terms of energy efficiency and the electrification of mobility in the frame of sustainable development,”said Professor Mario Cacciato, coordinator of the master’s program. “This second-level master’s program offers to master’s graduates in different STEM disciplines opportunities to complete the training and focus it on topics of great interest for research and industry. In addition, the master’s program constitutes a synergistic model for the professional development of young talent from academia together with the industrial world, as effectively demonstrated by the first two editions of the master’s program.”


STMicroelectronics’ site in Catania is a center of excellence in the European arena for power electronics technologies, thanks in part to the strategic investment in the vertically integrated production of Silicon Carbide devices,” said Gianfranco Di Marco, Power Transistor Sub-Group, Chief of staff and Technical Communication Manager at STMicroelectronics. “Training specialized profiles and skills in the field of power electronics with multidisciplinary knowledge is essential for fostering technological innovation. This third edition follows the success of the previous ones with theoretical lectures held at University of Catania and internships at ST’s Catania site allowing students to experience working with a leader in power semiconductors. This will forge a close connection between the world of education and the world of work, an essential prerequisite for the sustainable development of the area, and the creation of new career opportunities for students.” 


The second-level master’s program offers theoretical and practical training, divided into 7 teaching modules in English. Lectures will be taught by university professors and appropriate specialists from within STMicroelectronics, who will also act as mentors during their internship in the company’s departments and research laboratories. Some lectures, moreover, will be held at ST’s Catania site. Finally, students will participate in seminars held by experts from several major world’s corporations in the industry.


The training course is open to those with a master’s degree obtained in the last five years in:

  • Electronic engineering (LM/29);
  • Electrical engineering (LM/28);
  • Computer and information engineering (LM/32);
  • Mechanical engineering (LM/33);
  • Chemical engineering (LM22);
  • Automation engineering (LM25);
  • Telecommunications engineering (LM/27);
  • Physics (LM17);
  • Materials science and engineering (LM/53);
  • Chemical sciences (LM/54);


Proficiency in English is required.
A maximum of 30 participants will be admitted to this master’s degree program. The top 10 in the eligible list will be awarded a scholarship. Those ranking from 11th to 20th will receive a contribution to the tuition fee. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2024. More information is available here.


The Scientific Committee members are the University of Catania faculty members Mario Cacciato (coordinator), Giuseppe Compagnini, Guglielmo Guido Condorelli, Salvatore Mirabella, Salvatore Pennisi and Antonio Terrasi; and Giuseppe Arena, Michele Calabretta, Gianfranco Di Marco, Vincenzo Randazzo, Mario Saggio, Rosario Scollo, Filippo Scrimizzi and Gabriele Bellocchi of STMicroelectronics.


Some information on STMicroelectronics
At ST, we have more than 50 thousand creators and manufacturers of semiconductor technologies, and we govern the supply chain in semiconductors with state-of-the-art manufacturing sites. As an integrated device manufacturer, we work with more than 200 thousand clients and thousands of partners to design and build products, solutions, and ecosystems that meet their challenges and opportunities, and the need to support a more sustainable world. Our technologies enable smarter mobility, more efficient power and energy management, and large-scale deployment of cloud-connected autonomous objects. We are committed to achieving our goal of becoming carbon neutral in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, and Scope 3 partly, by 2027. Further information can be found at

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